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Neighborhood spotlight shines on Andrew McConnell

Walterboro is known for many things and many people that do great things for the community. It goes without saying that Andrew McConnell is indeed one of those great people. This week’s spotlight shines brightly on his dedication, compassion, and commitment to his neighbors and the community. If not for his Scottish accent with a tiny bit of British undertones you would never know McConnell wasn’t a native Colletonian. He cares for this community as if he was born and raised here surprisingly he has only lived in Walterboro for about six years after moving from Greenville SC with his sweetheart Sandra Ferguson. McConnell was born in Lambeth London to a Scottish mother and a Northern Irish father. He was raised in Corby Northants, a small Scottish town in England known for its steel industry. In 1989 McConnell moved to the states traveling and working as a Mechanical Engineer Contractor and Consultant. 
McConnell has proven himself to be the perfect example of “a great neighbor” who’s always there for you when you need him in the rain, sleet or snow or in the Lowcountry, hurricanes, floods and ice storms.  “After we got the notice that Hurricane Florence could potentially make landfall in the Lowcountry Andrew went around helping everyone I know including me, to get our generators started and prepare our homes for the hurricane,” said Gale Doggette. “He was supposed to go out of town for a guys trip but opted to stay to make sure his neighbors and friends were safe and had everything they need before the hurricane hit,” says Doggette.
McConnell shared with me that he was headed out of town but postponed his trip because he couldn’t leave his neighbors. He knew there were a lot of people who would need help and he had to be there to help wherever he could. McConnell stayed in town to help his neighbors and volunteered to help the team at the Veterans Victory House prepare for the hurricane. “Andrew is an extraordinary individual, as we prepared to shelter in place for the hurricane whatever my team or I needed help with for my staff and veterans he made it happen,” said Sandra Ferguson, Veteran Victory House Administrator. “Back during the Ice storm Andrew jumped in and volunteered to drive his 4X4 Heavy-duty FJ Toyota truck equipped with all the tools and equipment he needed to help staff, pick them up and bring them to work to make sure our veterans were taken care off,” said Ferguson.
  McConnell also served on the Colleton County Arts Council Board. He loves to play golf and turned his love into an opportunity to help the Council raise over seven thousand dollars at the One Club Golf Tournament to benefit the Artisans Center and the Arts Council. “Andrew is just an all-around great guy, he was an outstanding board member and still volunteers with the Arts Council,” said Kim Bridges, Art Council Director. “He goes above and beyond for people, when I needed help getting my house ready for sale, he was right there helping me without hesitation,” said Bridges.
When McConnell isn’t helping his neighbors he and his business partner Steve Tibbs work together to remodel and perform structural home renovations. He also serves on the Colleton County Appearance Board for the beautification of the community. “Outside of playing golf, reading and boating I have a passion for the restoration and preservation of old homes from the foundation to the rooftop,” said McConnell. “If you talk with McConnel as I did when I interviewed him for the paper you’ll learn that he is very humble. He loves this community and will do what he can to help anyone who needs help.

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